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- In November of every year, you will receive your Property Assessment Notice from MPAC.
- If you have turbines or substation near your house, or if there are plans to build them near your house, you may wish to consider filing a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC. This is a request to have have them reconsider your property tax amount.
- The RfR must be received by MPAC by the end of March of the following year. (If your Property Assessment Notice was received Nov./11 – you would send your RfR by the end of March/12 – MPAC needs to receive it by end of March/12)
- Fill in the “Request for Reconsideration” Form available on their website.
- Explain your reasons for reconsideration – that of course is easy, briefly explain how the turbines/substation have, in your opinion, reduced the value of your home. You may wish to describe how the turbines/sub station have affected your quality of life, your health etc. When filing out the form, also specify that your house and property value have been affected, not just your house or property. MPAC must receive this by the end of March.
- The form can be sent via email, fax or mail (info is on form). PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU PRINT ALL FORMS YOU FILL OUT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP FOR YOUR RECORDS.
- If you send in a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) (by the end of March), you will then receive a response from MPAC probably within 2 months. This response acknowledges receipt of your Request for Reconsideration (RfR) for the property tax year you are filing for. If your RfR results in a revised property assessment, you will decide whether to accept the reduction they offer (if they do) or you may decide to file an appeal with the ARB (Assessment Review Board) – you will be asked to sign Minutes of Settlement showing your decision.
To do so, you should go to this web site or call 1-800-263-3237 to get information on how to file this appeal with ARB. There is however a time line to do so. If you choose to file an appeal with ARB you need to do so within 90 days of the date on the letter you received from MPAC – for example, if your letter is dated April 28, 2011 you must file the appeal by about July 21, 2011. Please make sure that you are appealing for the correct year when filing.
Impact on Your Property Values
Windmills must be situated at a minimum distance of minimum 4 x the height of the mill away from habitation.
If the mill is erected closer than 6 x the height of the mill an estimation is carried out free of charge regarding the depreciation of the property value. If the loss is more than 1%, full compensation of the loss in property value is paid out.
If the property is situated further away than 6 x the height of the mill, 4000 DKK [~ $650] are payable to have an evaluation of the loss in value carried out.
If it is estimated that the depreciation is more than 1%, the loss in value of the property is paid out and the 4000 DKK reimbursed. If it is estimated that there is no loss in value of the property the 4000 DKK are forfeited.